Fitna, the Bi-Langue, and
the Nomadization of Gender and Sex
in Leila Sebbar

[Published in Re-Imaging Gender. Eds. Mala Pandurang and Anke Bartels.  New Delhi: Pencraft International Press, 2010] In Transfigurations of the Maghreb, Winifred Woodhull elucidates Abdelkebir Khatibi’s notion of the bi-langue as a discourse which works against the hegemonic monolith of French language, literature, and culture through…

Comments on The Novel of Nonel and Vovel

[This is a paper I gave at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in January 2010 to present the work, The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, created by artists Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour.] One central question that Oreet Ashery’s and Larissa Sansour’s The Novel of Nonel…

Biopower and Security

[Presented at the conference “La biopolitique outre atlantique après Foucault”, 77ème congrès de l’ACFAS, l’Université d’Ottawa] In L’histoire de la sexualité, La volonté de savoir, Michel Foucault defines biopower as the practices engaged by the modern state to effect an “explosion, donc, de techniques diverses et…